The GPZL’s Research Agenda Working Group analysed leprosy research and developed priorities in the key areas that are expected to accelerate progress towards zero leprosy. This completed body of work now forms globally agreed research agenda for leprosy. The reports from the eight sub-groups are now available on their website. Edited versions will be published in the Leprosy Review in September 2019.
The eight sub-groups worked through 2018 and into 2019 to identify research gaps and propose zero leprosy priorities in each of their topic areas, which included Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), disability as well as many others. This endeavour included more than 150 scientists and researchers who were directly involved. The larger aim has been to align the leprosy community around key research priorities so that they can provide a scientific framework for the resource mobilisation (the 100&Change proposal for example) and joint work essential to achieving the goal of zero leprosy.